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The Subversive Tack: Arts + Economy

Thinking about the economy can be rather depressing. For many people, it can seem like a volatile god: a mysterious force that affects everything and we mere mortals have no control over its whims. Let’s start with a basic idea of what I mean when I write about “the economy.” Economic analysis is often an […]

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Creative Financial Approaches Support the Creative Economy

Government budget deficits and budget limits of charitable foundations have made alternatives for financing arts projects more important. Five programs in Los Angeles this February showed that many other approaches to funding the arts can work well—and help arts organizations boost participation at the same time. Each program has taken a different approach to raising […]

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Beyond the Headlines: LA’s Arts Advocacy Success

Many of you have seen the headlines about the proposed total elimination of the elementary arts program in our country’s second largest school district—Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). And many of you probably saw the star-studded headlines about the postponement of that decision during the February 14 school board meeting. Well, here is the […]

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Designing Los Angeles

February 22, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Mackey Apartments (R.M. Schindler, 1939). Home of the MAK Center’s Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program. Photograph by Joshua White When Vienna-born architect Rudolph Schindler moved to L.A. in 1920, he brought with him a modernist aesthetic that would produce some of the city’s most distinctive buildings. In 1994, his own […]

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Creative Convergence Highlights Benefits of Arts Education

Los Angeles took a cue from the success of Art Miami and scheduled six art shows in the space of one week last month. These six shows featured the most popular collecting categories–fine art, photography, prints and posters, modern art, contemporary art, and “affordable art.” A fortunate coincidence put these excellent art exhibitions directly next […]

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Robert Owens Greygrass to Perform in Los Angeles

Robert Greygrass, formerly an active member of the acting community of Ashland and known around the world for his one man shows “Walking on Turtle Island” and “Ghostlands of an Urban INDN” is back in LA with plans to perform both shows at the Autry In Griffith Park. We felt that readers who plan to be in the area, whether or not they are familiar with Greygrass’ work, would appreciate the opportunity to include one or more of his shows in their plans. Those unable to make it but with friends and family there might want to share. We’ve been fortunate to see both shows and participated in the filming of one and highly recommend either one!

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Los Angeles Embodies Spirit of ‘Our Town’

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is pleased to announce that we have received an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one of only 51 grants awarded nationwide. DCA will receive a $250,000 award, the largest grant amount available, to support the design of the Watts […]

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“Mujer de Juarez 1” by Emilia Garcia (acrylic on canvas)

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will host the exhibition, Viva la Vida: Synthesis of Cultures, a showcase of the paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by 22 Los Angeles artists. Organized by Avenue 50 Studio, a Latino community art center in Los Angeles, this Day of the Dead-inspired exhibition will be the centerpiece for educational programs that explore the traditions of this important holiday that embraces the continuum of life and celebrates lives well-lived. The public is invited to the free celebratory Opening Reception on Friday, October 22 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.